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Friday
Mar132015

Steelers Agree on New Five-Year Contract with Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have taken measures to make sure quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will spend his entire career with the club as the two sides have agreed on a new five-year contract.

Big Ben had going into the final year of his eight-year contract he signed back in 2008.

Roethlisberger was drafted 11th overall back in 2004 and since then, he's been among the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He's taken the Steelers to three Super Bowls, winning two of them during his career in the Steel City.

In 2014, Roethlisberger arguably had the best season his career at 32-years-old. He threw for a career-high 4,952 yards, completed a career-high 67.1 percent of his passes, and also threw 32 touchdowns to just nine interceptions.

On Friday, the Steelers also announced they agreed on a contract with free agent running back DeAngelo Williams. Williams had spent the previous nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers.


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Monday
Feb232015

James Harrison Not Ready to Retire

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Linebacker James Harrison isn't ready to retire for a second time.

The 36-year-old former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who retired for 18 days last year before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, posted an Instagram photo Sunday night showing a half packed suitcase with the caption: "I decided to hold off on retirement, so it's time to pack up and head to AZ to start my training so I can be ready to play another year!"

Harrison becomes a free agent in a month. In 11 games with the Steelers last season, he had 47 tackles and 5.5 sacks.

During his eight NFL seasons, Harrison has twice been named a first-team All Pro and has won two Super Bowls with the Steelers.


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Sunday
Jan042015

Ravens Sack Steelers, Advance to Face Patriots

Rob Carr/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- With just over eight minutes to play, Terrell Suggs intercepted a tipped Ben Roethlisberger pass. On the next play, Joe Flacco hooked up with Crockett Gillmore for a 21-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach as the Baltimore Ravens go into Heinz Field and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 Saturday, in the AFC wild-card playoff game.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was on point all game, completing 18 of 29 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Ravens defense got after Roethlisberger all game, pressuring him ten times, five of those ending up in sacks.

The Ravens sealed the game with under three minutes to go when Roethlisberger threw an errant pass that was intercepted by Darian Stewart.

The No. 6 seed Ravens will now make a trip to Foxborough where they'll take on the No. 1 seed New England Patriots at 4:35 p.m. ET Saturday with the winner earning a trip to the AFC Championship game.


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Thursday
Jan012015

Ben Roethlisberger on Ravens Matchup: 'What the NFL Wanted'

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is ready for another showdown with the Ravens on Saturday in the wild-card round.

Pittsburgh is 6-2 at home this year and will be seeing their AFC North rivals for the third time this year.

"Here we go again," Roethlisberger said of the rivalry.  "This is probably what the NFL wanted more than anything."

The Steelers are 3-0 against Baltimore in their playoff matchups at home.

"It's a great challenge," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Monday. "It's another playoff game there. We'd like to win one, one of these days."

Roethlisberger has led the offense to 27.3 points per game, but they could be without running back Le'Veon Bell.

"It's the playoffs," Roethlisberger said of stepping it up a notch with Bell's status up in the air.  "It's a sense of urgency from all of us.  I'm not going to rule anyone out yet, I'm not a doctor, but we'll see what happens."

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Monday
Dec222014

After Knocking Off Chiefs, Steelers Are Playoff Bound

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(PITTSBURGH) -- Ben Roethlisberger threw for 220 yards and a touchdown to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers past the Kansas City Chiefs 20-12 Sunday.

With the win, Pittsburgh (10-5) locked up a playoff berth for the first time in three years and will have a chance to win the AFC North title next week when they take on Cincinnati.

The Steelers pressured Alex Smith all day, sacking him six times. They also held star running back Jamaal Charles to 29 yards on nine carries.

Despite the loss, Kansas City (8-7) can still make the playoffs if they beat San Diego next week and get some help from other teams. The Steelers pressured Alex Smith all day, sacking him six times. They also held star running back Jamaal Charles to 29 yards on nine carries.

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Saturday
Dec202014

Chiefs At Steelers Preview

Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Chiefs still have a lot to play for with two games remaining in the season.

Kansas City (8-6) sits in the seventh spot in the AFC wild card behind the Ravens (9-5) and Steelers (9-5).

"He is a guy that doesn’t get rattled," Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. "He is one of those quarterbacks that just knows how to keep plays alive scrambling. He is not fast but he is deceivingly quick and just maneuvering and that’s what makes him great."

"I think you have to put him up there with one of the elite quarterbacks especially with the year he is having right now," Sutton continued. "He is just very efficient at what he does."

It's also an important game for the Steelers, who can clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2011.

"We’re not looking at feelings," Steelers veteran linebacker James Harrison said. "We’re going to go out there and play each down and play each quarter and play each half and try to come out with enough good plays to get a ‘W'. We need to win this game. I’ll worry about anything else after we get through this next week."


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Saturday
Dec062014

Andy Dalton: 'A lot You're Playing for in December'

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The Bengals are preparing for a tough divisional game against the Steelers on Sunday.

Cincinnati sits atop the AFC North and quarterback Andy Dalton is expecting one of the toughest games of the season against Pittsburgh.

"There's a lot you're playing for in December," Dalton said.  "December usually decides a lot of things, that's when you have to be playing well."

The Steelers are averaging 26.7 points this season and giving up 24.8.

"These games are always really physical," Dalton said of the matchup.  "These are important games because it's a division game, its Pittsburgh, and it's the rivalry.  Everybody gets up for these."

The Bengals are 4-1-1 at home this year and Pittsburgh is 3-3 on the road.

"Really good defense," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said.  "Their secondary is playing as good as any secondary in the NFL right now."


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Tuesday
Nov182014

Steelers Rally on Bell's 200 Yard Effort

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH, Pa) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied from 11 points down at the start of the fourth quarter to defeat the Tennessee Titans 27-24 on Monday Night Football. 

Coming off an upset loss to the New York Jets last week the Steelers continued to show signs of playing down to their opponent.  With an opportunity to put the Titans in hole with less than one minute to in the first half, Ben Roethlisberger tossed an interception to defensive back Jason McCourty. Tennessee immediately capitalized when rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger found a wide open Nate Washington streaking upfield for an 80 yard touchdown strike.

The Titans would enter halftime leading 17-13 and would assume a lead of 24-13 when late in the third quarter, Mettenberger connected with tight end Chase Coffman for a short touchdown. 

The Steelers would regroup as their defense remained firm and Roethlisberger began to find a groove connecting with his receivers on short and intermediate passes. Running back LeVeon Bell also carried the load as he rushed for 204 yards on 33 carries and added a touchdown. 

The Steelers are now 7-4 as they head into their bye week.


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Sunday
Nov092014

Jets Stun Steelers with 20-13 Victory

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ) -- With fans flying protest signs over the team practice facility early in the week and a white-hot Pittsburgh Steelers team coming into the Meadowlands, no one expected much from the Jets Sunday.

Gang Green surprised everyone when they defeated Pittsburgh 20-13 and took the ball away from the Steelers four times. The Jets had had only three takeaways prior to that on the season.

Michael Vick was efficient, completing 10 of 18 passes for 132 yards and two touchdown passes.  Most noteworthy was that Vick became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 6,000 yards in his career.

The Jets defense befuddled Ben Roethlisberger for almost the entire game.  Roethlisberger entered the game having thrown for six touchdowns in two consecutive games. He didn't find the end zone until there was 1:16 left in the fourth quarter, when he escaped pressure, extended the play and connected with Martavis Bryant for an 80-yard touchdown.

The big star of the game was Jets safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, who intercepted Roethlisberger twice, recovered a fumble and recorded a sack of Big Ben.

With the win the Jets break an eight-game losing streak and avoid setting a franchise record for most consecutive losses.

 


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Monday
Nov032014

Roethlisberger Throws 6 TD's Again, Steelers Rout Ravens

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- For the second straight week, Ben Roethlisberger threw six touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore 43-23 on Sunday night. Roethlisberger's performance helped set an NFL record for combined touchdown passes in consecutive games, with 12.

"I don't think any of us are surprised by anything he does," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "We have been looking at it for some time."

Big Ben's night began in the second quarter with a five-yard scoring pass to Le'Veon Bell that tied the game at 7-7. Two minutes later, Roethlisberger connected with Martavis Bryant to take the lead before finding Markus Wheaton for a 47-yard strike to give the Steelers (6-3) a 22-17 halftime lead.

Baltimore (5-4) struggled to keep their composure, committing 10 penalties, while the offense could not catch up to the Steelers. Joe Flacco was sacked four times and intercepted once but did throw two touchdowns for 303 yards. 

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh quarterback continued his historic stretch with three more touchdown's in the second half, including a second pass to Bryant. His sixth came on a fourth-and-2 play with under two minutes remaining as he connected with Matt Spaeth to set the record.

The Steelers also celebrated one of their greatest ever, retiring former defensive lineman Joe Greene's number 75 at halftime.


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